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Cancer Facility Work In Progress: Prof Rouse

The Fiji National University’s (FNU) College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences are working with the Ministry of Health to develop a cancer facility in Fiji. College dean Professor Ian
14 Nov 2015 11:54
Cancer Facility Work In Progress: Prof Rouse

The Fiji National University’s (FNU) College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences are working with the Ministry of Health to develop a cancer facility in Fiji.
College dean Professor Ian Rouse confirmed this yesterday.
“This will require a range of health professionals and not just oncologists,” Professor Rouse said.
“We are more likely to promote aggressively a preventive cardiology stream in Internal Medicine to deal with the challenges of health diseases, strokes and related illnesses.
“I am supportive of this proposal. We need more doctors and nurses across all disciplines if we are going to make serious progress in addressing the regional challenge of non-communicable diseases.
“We need them in prevention and management of NCDs,” he said.
Professor Rouse commended the 2016 National Budget.
“As an overall perspective, I think the budget is reasonable. The Attorney-General in his speech commented on the decades of neglect in terms of infrastructure, health and medical professionals.
“There has been significant developments over the past five years, but there are a lot more to do on both fronts. Improvements in pharmaceuticals and infrastructure at CWM Hospital are much needed.
“The changes to tax on tobacco and alcohol and the introduction of health levies on some products which are certainly innovative.”
FNU budget
Professor Rouse who was the FNU acting Vice-Chancellor for the past 10 months said: “The FNU budget is what can be worked with to continue with some key transitions in facilities, quality teaching programmes, research and development.
“These are the clear priorities for Government which I applaud. Education at all level is at a critical point and all sectors need to make the best they can with the allocated budget.
“I suspect FNU will work to achieve some priority objectives.”
He said there was a need to provide greater support for recent graduates with continuing professional development and support.
“We we are now very well placed for online delivery of a range of key short courses and programmes. The focus will continue to be on career-ready and compassionate graduates with a small number of new initiatives.”
Open Heart Surgeries
He said the university did not have any open heart surgery programme and there were no plans for such programmes in the immediate future.
“It requires specialised skills and support and at the moment FNU doesn’t have the capacity to run such a programme.” he said.
He said the college would be promoting aggressively for a preventive cardiology stream in Internal Medicine to deal with the challenges of Health Disease, Strokes and related illnesses.



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